STATE OF THE UNION
The next Isla Vista Community Network meeting will be held Thursday at the I.V. Clinic building. The meeting will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and lunch will be provided. Stakeholders involved in I.V. — heads of local nonprofit organizations, volunteers, long-term residents, students, county representatives and Isla Vista Foot Patrol officers — will update one another on the status of their respective groups as they relate to the community. I.V. Community Network meetings are regularly held on the second Thursday of every month.
A meeting to discuss the future of the Isla Vista Community Center will be held 5 p.m. Thursday at the I.V. Clinic building. The County of Santa Barbara has already granted zoning approval to the former church and bank building at 976 Embarcadero Del Mar and Third District County
Supervisor Doreen Farr secured a $485,000 grant in 2015 toward its refurbishment. That amount is insufficient for what is needed to fully renovate the building, and organizers now meet to figure out how to acquire more capital funds.
PARK IT HERE
The Isla Vista Recreation & Park District (IVRPD) board of directors will be meeting 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the IVRPD building next to the I.V. Food Co-op. The board is proposing a special election to take place in May in hopes of instituting a special tax. The board of directors regularly meets on the second Thursday of every month.
IVRPD is having a volunteer work day starting 2 p.m. Friday for upkeep at the Isla Vista Love & Remembrance Garden at People’s Park. The memorial garden was created to celebrate the lives of those lost in the May 23, 2014, shooting. Tools are supplied, but IVRPD officials ask that volunteers bring their own gloves. Pizza will also be provided.
THE WEEKEND STRETCH
Local group Yoga Isla Vista is having an information session about becoming a yoga teacher this Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at their meeting space in 900 Embarcadero Del Mar, Suite D. They will discussing their upcoming training sessions for teaching yoga.
A local group called Food Not Bombs will serve free vegan food at 5 p.m. Sunday in Little Acorn Park (next to Bagel Café). Those interested in cooking can email organizers at email@example.com. The dinner is regularly held every Sunday.
MUSIC ON A MONDAY
A lineup of Isla Vista-based music groups will be performing 7-11 p.m. Monday at Biko Garage (6612 Sueno Rd). Bands playing are Feral Vida, Horse Movies, Adult School, Bearcats and On Drugs. The venue is provided by Biko Co-op House and is an all-ages, alcohol and substance-free space. As such, organizers ask that attendees “respect the space, house
members and what the Biko Co-op House stands for.”
As part of its Gaucho Food Program, the Isla Vista Tenants Union and the I.V. Food Co-op will be tabling outside the Pardall Center on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to give away free food to UCSB students. This food giveaway is regularly held every Wednesday.
A version of this story appeared on p. 3 of the Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 edition of the Daily Nexus.